It’s that time of the week again! I am happy to say I survived the move this weekend and I am slowly starting to settle into my new home. OK I still don’t have everything packed away, I need to do an IKEA shop this weekend and my internet isn’t running at my house yet – but aside those teething problems I am loving my new little house. Waking up with the sun streaming into my lounge from my wee little garden (!!) has definitely been putting a big smile on my face in the mornings!
For this week’s mid-week motivation I thought I’d share some rules on ‘how to be happy’. They aren’t official rules or anything but I came across this great Rules to be Happy Tumblr Page that you can follow to get your daily dose of inspiration on how to be happy. There are so many great ones but here’s just a few of them that I loved….
You are unique! You were created to make a mark in this life and not just born to survive. And no ‘normal’ framework for a human being. Accept your differences in a positive manner. For instance “Yeah, I have big feet, but thats what makes me me!”
Don’t expect anything from anyone! When expectations are not fulfilled, it gives you pain. When you get something without expecting, it gives you pleasure. Do your best! Keep doing your part.
Wake up with a smile on your face! Today is a new day. There are opportunities and blessings waiting for you. Open up your heart to receive them. Look on the bright side of the day. You are going to meet people today that will respond to your smile, your small acts of kindness. Be willing to take time to listen to someone, to visit someone, to call someone on the phone.
Stop over-thinking! Don’t dwell on negative events. “We sometimes think we have to keep ruminating over a problem to resolve it, but we often end up just going in circles,”. “Break the cycle by distracting yourself with an enjoyable activity.”
Live for today! Don’t dwell on the past, on things that went wrong or previous failures. Similarly, don’t dream about an idealised future that doesn’t exist or worry about what hasn’t happened yet. Happy people live for the now; they have positive mind sets. If you can’t be happy today, what makes you think tomorrow will be different?
Keep trying! One of the key things that you need to remember is to never be discouraged; failure is a part of life, and it happens naturally. If you are so disillusioned that you never want to try again, at least be comforted by the fact that you made an attempt.
Remember that nothing in life is permanent! Where you are today is not necessarily where you will be tomorrow, or next week or next month. Think about what your life was like five years ago and you no doubt will notice how much it has changed since then. Whatever you are feeling right now, whatever condition your life is in, it’s temporary. At any moment it can, and it will, change.
Be grateful for everything you’ve got! When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value.
Step out if your comfort zone! Take a chance on people with whom you might not usually interact. it’s an opportunity to make a connection with interesting people you might not otherwise encounter.”
Stop worrying! Don’t take yourself too seriously. Happy people don’t worry and they recognise that 90 percent of worries never come true.
Learn from your past! Something good always comes out of everything, even if it was a very bad experience. Find the lesson involved and try not to make the same mistake twice.
Oh and finally STOP trying to be happy! If you take away one thing from this post, let this be it: to be happy, there’s a decent chance you’ll have to stop trying to be happy. Sorry to get all zen-master on you, but that’s the way it is. Happy hump day!